As they tend to do Google put up a post on their blog yesterday to update us all on the progress of their self-driving car project effectively showcasing a prototype made available for the first time to a lucky few for their “first drive” .
The cars don’t “…have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal… because they don’t need them. Our software and sensors do all the work.” The speed is “… capped … at 25 mph. On the inside, we’ve designed for learning, not luxury, so we’re light on creature comforts, but we’ll have two seats (with seatbelts), a space for passengers’ belongings, buttons to start and stop, and a screen that shows the route—and that’s about it.”
They are “…planning to build about a hundred prototype vehicles”.
We’re mightily impressed and if you are too you can keep up with the project over at their Google+ page
We couldn’t help but notice a passing similarity to the last mid century bubble cars, such as the BMW Isetta which was one of the first and most popular!
We’ll leave you with Google’s first drive (or should it be trip) video.